Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The former Minister H.D. Revanna was unanimously chosen leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party at a meeting held here on Friday.

Mr. Revanna, who represents Holenarsipur Assembly constituency in Hassan district, succeeds his younger brother and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy as the leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party. The post had fallen vacant after Mr. Kumaraswamy resigned from the Legislative Assembly in the wake of his election to the Lok Sabha.

Deputy leader

The Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting, held at the party office in Bangalore in the presence of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy, chose the former Minister Bandeppa Kashempur as Deputy Leader of the Legislature Party.

Mr. Kumaraswamy told presspersons that the meeting elicited the opinion of the legislators before adopting a resolution to unanimously elected Mr. Revanna and Mr. Kashempur as the new leader and deputy leader of its legislature wing.

It may be mentioned here that post of deputy leader was vacant ever since Umesh Katti quit the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The meeting also chose party MLC and former police officer Abdul Azeem as the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party’s new secretary and continue Venkatrao Nadagouda, MLA representing Sindhanur in Koppal district, as the party whip.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Revanna said he would try to discharge his new responsibilities to the best of his abilities.

Mr. Revanna also hailed Mr. Kumaraswamy’s performance as the leader of the party’s legislature wing and said the Janata Dal (Secular) managed to win three seats because of his efforts.